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Also Known As: Dana Thomas Carvey Died:
Born: June 2, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Missoula, Montana, USA Profession: comedian, actor

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One of the most popular performers on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) during its revival in the late 1980s, Emmy winner Dana Carvey was responsible for such note-perfect impressions of figures like George H.W. Bush, Ross Perot, Johnny Carson and Jimmy Stewart, as well as his own creations, the zealous Church Lady and Wayne's sidekick, Garth. Where most impressionists stuck to rote imitations of their subjects, Carvey took his subjects to surreal extremes, with Stewart becoming a vigilante in an alternate-world "It's a Wonderful Life" (1941) and Bush transforming from stiff martinet to self-amused, quote-spouting buffoon. His success on the series naturally led to a film career, but aside from his appearances in "Wayne's World" (1992) and its sequel, Carvey failed to find the proper vehicle for his talents. After a debilitating series of heart surgeries, he retreated from the spotlight in the late 1990s to focus on his family and work in stand-up, but his status as one of the brightest talents "SNL" ever fostered was never lost on his dedicated fans.

One of the most popular performers on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC, 1975- ) during its revival in the late 1980s, Emmy winner Dana Carvey was responsible for such note-perfect impressions of figures like George H.W. Bush, Ross Perot, Johnny Carson and Jimmy Stewart, as well as his own creations, the zealous Church Lady and Wayne's sidekick, Garth. Where most impressionists stuck to rote imitations of their subjects, Carvey took his subjects to surreal extremes, with Stewart becoming a vigilante in an alternate-world "It's a Wonderful Life" (1941) and Bush transforming from stiff martinet to self-amused, quote-spouting buffoon. His success on the series naturally led to a film career, but aside from his appearances in "Wayne's World" (1992) and its sequel, Carvey failed to find the proper vehicle for his talents. After a debilitating series of heart surgeries, he retreated from the spotlight in the late 1990s to focus on his family and work in stand-up, but his status as one of the brightest talents "SNL" ever fostered was never lost on his dedicated fans.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Jack and Jill (2011)
2.
 Master of Disguise, The (2002) Pistachio Disguisey
3.
 Little Nicky (2000) Referee
4.
 Shot, The (1996) Himself
5.
 Clean Slate (1994) Maurice Pogue
6.
 Road to Wellville, The (1994) George Kellogg
7.
 Trapped in Paradise (1994) Alvin Firpo
8.
 Wayne's World 2 (1993) Garth Algar
9.
 Wayne's World (1992) Garth Algar
10.
 Opportunity Knocks (1990) Eddie
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Milestones close milestones

1981:
Moved to Los Angeles
1980:
TV acting debut with "Alone At Last II"
1981:
Feature acting debut with "Halloween II"
1982:
Cast as a regular on the short-lived NBC series "One of the Boys"
1984:
Co-starred on the short-lived drama series "Blue Thunder" (ABC)
1986:
Joined the cast of "Saturday Night Live" as a series regular; introduced and performed various characters such as Church Lady and Garth Algar; also impersonated George Bush and Ross Perot during Presidential elections
1990:
Played first feature lead in "Opportunity Knocks"
1992:
Co-starred as Garth Algar opposite Mike Myers in the mega-hit "Wayne's World"
1993:
Reprised role of Garth for the sequel "Wayne's World 2"
1996:
Headlined own short-lived sketch comedy series "The Dana Carvey Series" (ABC)
1997:
Underwent double bypass surgery on his heart in September; in May 2000, sued doctor alleging surgeon operated on the wrong artery; settled for undisclosed amount which was donated to charity
2000:
Appeared as a celebrity contestant on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (ABC)
2002:
Returned to feature films as star of the comedy "The Master of Disguise"
2008:
Wrote and starred in HBO special "Dana Carvey: Squatting Monkeys Tell No Lies"
2011:
Returned to feature acting with a cameo in "Jack and Jill," starring Adam Sandler
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Education

San Francisco State University: San Francisco , California -

Notes

"I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face." --Dana Carvey

"I'm 38 and I'm playing a guy who just got pubes. That's in the movie. And, um...I hate that word. I'm sorry. Pubes and penis. Two words you hate in life." --Carvey on playing Garth

"I don't consider myself a great impressionist. I just tend to exaggerate. Darrell Hammond is more of a great impressionist. I just get bored real quick and want to take it further. I was lucky to get Perot and Bush in the same presidential season." --Carvey to The Los Angeles Times, July 28, 2002

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Paula Carvey. Married c. 1983.

Family close complete family listing

brother:
Brad Carvey. Inspired Carvey's character Garth.
son:
Dex Carvey. Born in 1991; mother Paula Carvey.
son:
Thomas Carvey. Born in August 1993; mother Paula Carvey.

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